Many people think of the holiday season as a time to spend with family and indulge in some alcoholic beverages. While it's certainly okay to indulge every now and again, staying safe during the holidays should be your main priority. Here's part one of our guide on staying safe and preventing drunk driving during the holiday season.
Know The Facts
While July 4 is technically the deadliest day of the year regarding drunk driving accidents, the wintertime holiday season can also do some serious damage. Not only are there a number of celebrations in a short period of time, but the icy conditions and reduced visibility during inclement weather can greatly increase a person's chance of getting into an accident. In fact, Drivingschool.net cites a statistic from the U.S. Department of Transportation stating that about 27 Americans die each day during the month of December from drunk driving accidents. These jarring facts are just one reason to smarten up and drive sober during the holidays.
Another major cause of the spike in drunk driving accidents during the holidays correlates to the number of impaired drivers on the road who don't drink often and therefore cannot accurately assess their ability to get behind the wheel and make it home safely. These drivers -- the ones who only imbibe 'once in awhile' -- can be much more dangerous due to their lower tolerances, which is another reason to stay extra vigilant when driving during the winter holiday season.
Know Your Options
Due to the increased risk of wintertime drunk driving accidents, there are typically more law enforcement officers on patrol at any given time. The Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to legal representation, the right to a speedy trial, and the right to confront witnesses. If you get stuck in a sticky situation, it's important to understand all the benefits of working with criminal defense law firms to discuss any criminal charges, hear about your options, and find a DUI lawyer who will work hard to defend your case.
Ultimately, knowing the facts about holiday drunk driving risks and understanding your criminal defense options are extremely important in staying safe this season. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss specific ways that you can prevent drunk driving incidents from occurring during the holidays. For more information about criminal defense law firms, contact Greene Ketchum.